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New youth funding from N Ireland government

New youth funding from N Ireland government

The Department of Communities (DfC) in has opened a new call to promote good relations and reconciliation for young people in need.

Uniting Opportunities, a small grants programme from the Together: Building a United Community Strategy, will target young people, aged between 11 and 24 years, who identify with the following groups: 

  • Young and Homeless
  • Young People with poor mental health and/or addictions
  • Young refugees and asylum seekers
  • Young offenders (and young people most at risk of offending)
  • Young people in care
  • Young people with a disability

Uniting Opportunities projects, which will receive funding from £5,000 to £30,000, will be delivered through sport, physical and creative activity by addressing the barriers to community participation that some young people face.

Stage one of the process is now open for applications.  The Stage one information provided will enable DfC to assess applicants’ suitability to deliver projects to the target groups and compile a list of project delivery partners that will be held for a period of up to 24 months. DfC will then issue a call for project proposals, subject to identified need and it is envisaged that the first of these this will take place during October 2017.  

DfC are holding a number of workshops this week to discuss the programme in more detail with interested organisations.  

Applications for the Uniting Opportunities programme close at 4pm on Friday 22 September 2017.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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